Fears deepen as Le Pen soars at French polls

By Naomi Firsht, December 10, 2015

The success of the far-right National Front in France's regional elections has caused shock across Europe, with attention focusing on the apparently growing support for the party among French Jews.


French Jewry organisation calls on community to vote against Le Pen’s far-right group National Front

By Naomi Firsht, December 7, 2015

French Jewry's umbrella body umbrella body Crif has called for the community to vote against far-right group National Front after the party made significant gains in the first round of French regional elections.


"We're afraid to go to synagogue" says Belgian chief rabbi

By Naomi Firsht, November 25, 2015

European Jewish leaders have spoken of their heightened fears following the atrocities in Paris a week and a half ago.

Roger Cukierman president of Crif, France’s Jewish umbrella body, told French radio RTL two days after the attacks: “We are in a world war.”


French comedian Dieudonné jailed for questioning the Holocaust

By Josh Jackman, November 25, 2015

French comedian Dieudonné M'Bala M'Bala has been jailed for two months after questioning the existence of the Nazi gas chambers during a stand-up performance.


We could be facing civil war, and our security forces are crippled

By Michel Gurfinkiel, November 19, 2015

A state of emergency has been declared in France.

So far, everyone, right and left, seems to agree that the country must resort to drastic means to restore safety. Commentators frequently point to Israel as an example to be followed.


What the doorman saw: a warning of things to come

November 19, 2015

In 2008, nine years before Friday's slaughter, 10 men approached security guards at the Bataclan nightclub. Their faces were shrouded in keffiyehs, a symbol of Palestinian nationalism.

They told them: "This is something we cannot continue to accept. You will pay the consequences of your actions."


Europe must learn from Israel on Daesh

By John R Bradley, November 19, 2015

Raw emotion following the atrocities in Paris is giving way to reflection on how best to deal with the unprecedented terror threat now posed to the West by Daesh.


France will now hold its nose and join Russia to crush Caliphate

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 19, 2015

Beyond Friday night's carnage in Paris, there were two crucial developments this week. First, there is the emerging realisation in the West that Daesh is no longer just bolstering its Islamic Caliphate in Syria and Iraq but is now planning and carrying out major terror attacks in Europe.


French veterans are moved by UK solidarity

By Naomi Firsht, November 19, 2015

Less than 48 hours after the Paris terror attacks, a French contingent of Jewish war veterans received a warm welcome in Whitehall as they joined the annual parade of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women.

Among the visiting group was Parisian Jacob Cohen, 89, who said he had been moved by the "huge amount of support" from marchers and those watching the parade.


Netanyahu says the same radical Islamic terrorism is behind attacks in Israel and France as first bombers are named

By Charlotte Oliver, November 15, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged foreign countries “to condemn terrorism against us [Israel] to the same degree that they condemn terrorism everywhere else in the world”.